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In this extract from How The BJP Wins, Prashant Jha paints a picture of what happened in Allahbad, Uttar Pradesh on the morning of 23 February 2017, the election day. On 23 February 2017, at 9 a.m., a hotel manager in Allahabad proudly showed the ink on his finger. ‘I have voted and cycle will win.’ Cycle is the...

In this extract from How India Sees the World, India’s foremost China expert Shyam Saran decodes the secrets behind how the Chinese think and presents a sweeping history of the relationship – and border dispute – between India and China. Take a look: Deception as an instrument of statecraft is common to several...

An Indian empire at the peak of its power. Everyone wants a share of the riches of Nagapattinam. When a Greek pirate ship sails in to loot the wealth of the Cholas, it is brutally defeated by the navy and forced to pay a compensation. A payment that includes a twelve-year-old girl, Aremis. Here is an excerpt from the...

THE ADIVASI WILL NOT DANCE is an intensely political collection of stories, set in the fecund, mineral-rich hinterland and the ever-expanding, squalid towns of Jharkhand. The book was banned by the Jharkhand government in August 2017, and the author accused of denigrating the Adivasi culture. This is an excerpt from...

A lot has been written about Chhatrapati Shivaji’s battles and military successes, viz. the slaying of the giant Afzal Khan, the night raid on Shaista Khan, the defeat of Kartalab Khan in Umbarkhind and many such battles. A lot too has been written about his escape from Agra and his coronation. These are the...

When the idea for a book on Baba Ramdev and his company came up, it seemed promising. I had followed Ramdev’s rise ten years ago when I was at Mint, meeting him on multiple occasions, covering his Ganga campaign in Kanpur, hanging around his kutir while he asked questions about swadeshi economics to Rajeev Dixit,...

उस दिन के बाद से गंगा में बहुत पानी बह चुका है, जब नीतीश कुमार ने भाजपा के साथ अपने पुराने और जमे-जमाए गठबंधन को तोड़ने का...

Have you ever been to an Indian thana, say in Pipli or Nidadavolu? Go on. Step inside. Be brave. You will be raped in twenty-seven languages and a million dialects. You will be spat on. You will drink urine. And if you are lucky, you will die. But if you are reading this there’s a good chance you are not among the...

It’s my lucky day. The head is found quickly. It had rolled into a ditch a few feet away, the trail of blood leaving a helpful arrow for us to follow. It could have been worse; the dogs could have gotten at it, which would have meant searching for it out in the boondocks. Or there might have been rain last night and...

The very virtue of jackfruit, its heady sweetness, has won it the reputation of being a fattening or a sugary fruit. We would rather talk of blueberries and kiwi or say things like an apple a day…for health and weight loss. There is more prestige associated in taking exotic fruits than native ones. Bangladesh though...